The time is almost coming for Houston Cypress Creek offensive lineman Grayson Reed to make his announcement.
After narrowing things down to 12 schools two weeks ago, the best bet is he’s pledged somewhere before the month of April is over.
And yes, Oklahoma could certainly be that school. Reed, ranked No. 128 in the Scout 300, was back in Norman two weeks ago. He was happy to be back.
“It was a lot of fun,” Reed said. “I hadn’t been there since TCU weekend in November. It was fun to see Coach Bedenbaugh, Coach Stoops and all those guys. I got to see them practice and the new facilities they’re going to have.”
Reed was offered by OU in person back on that November trip, and the Sooners have sort of been lurking in the shadows ever since. A lot of top schools have entered the mix, but OU has never been out of the picture.
OU’s calling card this year has been SoonerSquad17, but it doesn’t look like that will matter much when it comes to Reed.
“You want to go to a team with good recruits because they’ll be there with you, but I don’t pay too much attention to it,” Reed said.
Reed said he’s not going to narrow things down any more than what he has. There won’t be a top 10 or top five, he’s just going to announce.
His only trip left remains another trek to College Station to see the Aggies next weekend. After that? The commitment could come at any day.
And if it happens to be OU, offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh should get the lion’s share of the credit for the persistent, consistent work he has put in.
“He’s really cool,” Reed said. “We talk like every single day. He’ll send some motivational stuff and some football stuff and some family stuff just to check in. He’s a good guy and a good coach.”
Reed said he does have his favorites and most agree it will be between OU, Texas and A&M. Surprise, surprise there as the three schools continue to wage battle on the trail.
“It’s not even really about football,” Reed said. “It’s about the community. I want to be able to enjoy myself in college. I want to go to a place that will help me be a better person. I love football, but it’s not going to be there forever so I need a good education.”
Academics are going to matter, for sure, but Reed cannot deny the accomplishments OU has accumulated over the years. The trophies, yea, they stand out a little.
“They win, for sure,” Reed said. “That’s one thing – they’re always winning so I look at that. Coach Bedenbaugh is another. We’ve had just a great relationship ever since they started recruiting me.”
Reed is labeled as an offensive tackle, but based on the Houston Opening regional performance, it’s very easy to see him being a guard going forward. He’s a legit 6-foot-4, but even the Opening coaches labeled him as a guard instead of tackle.
The combo of Reed and McKinney (Texas) North offensive guard Tyrese Robinson would be a killer twosome in the interior for the Sooners. We’ll see if it happens.